Silverton in the far west of Outback New South Wales is well known for its appearance in several movies and commercials. Located within true Outback country, the village has attracted artists, filmmakers and tourists alike.
Explore the town & its surroundings to find the places you might recognise from movies like Razorback, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert or Mad Max II.
Don't miss the Mundi Mundi plains lookout for stunning views & Outback scenery!
Silverton, a former mining settlement, is often described as being a ghost town, which is definitely not true!
Established in the early 1880s, after silver, lead and zinc was found in the area, the population quickly rose to 3000. During the short boom, Silverton had all the major businesses, and even a railway line was built to connect the town with South Australia. The railway operated until the 1970s.
When the rich ore body in the nearby area (which became later Broken Hill) was discovered, it was the death knell for Silverton. People left quickly, and even took their houses with them.
Thankfully, the town never died completely. It remained a popular destination for Broken Hill residents in the first place. Then the beautiful scenery also attracted painters and photographers, as well as the film industry.
Silverton's location on the edge of Mundi Mundi plain gives visitors a true Outback feeling. Come on, visit an unique place that can be easily accessed with your family car. You won't regret it!
Visitors can take the 2 hours heritage walk to discover the historic sights of Silverton.
Don't miss the Mundi Mundi Lookout which is only a few kilometres north-west of Silverton. It's here where you get breath-taking views of the vastness of the Outback, an endless horizon that stretches far into South Australia.
My first visit was during the day, I was blown away, but also slightly scared by the big, big nothing. It is such an unusual experience for someone who lives in a densely populated area.
On my second visit, I was lucky enough to be invited by dear friends for a picknic and sunset experience. Neither words, nor pictures can describe this awe-inspiring night. It was absolutely beautiful.
When you drive back to Silverton, or Broken Hill after sunset, be careful in the dark. Watch out for emus, kangaroos and other animals on the road.